Apparel priced at $20 in 1955 $61.45 in 2024

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Prices for Apparel, 1955-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for apparel are 207.26% higher in 2024 versus 1955 (a $41.45 difference in value).

Between 1955 and 2024: Apparel experienced an average inflation rate of 1.64% per year. In other words, apparel costing $20 in the year 1955 would cost $61.45 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.62% during this same period, inflation for apparel was lower.

In the year 1955: Pricing changed by -0.32%, which is below the average yearly change for apparel during the 1955-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1955 (-0.29%), inflation for apparel was lower.

Price Inflation for Apparel since 1913

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1918 (39.39%), 1919 (27.69%), and 1921 (-26.11%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1955

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Apparel, over time, for $20 beginning in 1955. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1955$20.00-0.32%
1956$20.402.01%
1957$20.751.72%
1958$20.830.38%
1959$21.000.79%
1960$21.311.50%
1961$21.480.79%
1962$21.600.55%
1963$21.871.23%
1964$22.050.85%
1965$22.260.96%
1966$22.862.67%
1967$23.794.08%
1968$25.065.34%
1969$26.505.75%
1970$27.604.13%
1971$28.493.24%
1972$29.082.06%
1973$30.153.66%
1974$32.387.41%
1975$33.824.45%
1976$35.093.74%
1977$36.664.48%
1978$37.953.51%
1979$39.614.38%
1980$42.417.07%
1981$44.434.77%
1982$45.602.62%
1983$46.732.47%
1984$47.591.84%
1985$48.982.92%
1986$49.400.85%
1987$51.574.40%
1988$53.814.34%
1989$55.302.78%
1990$57.874.64%
1991$60.033.73%
1992$61.502.46%
1993$62.341.35%
1994$62.21-0.20%
1995$61.54-1.08%
1996$61.42-0.20%
1997$61.960.88%
1998$62.040.13%
1999$61.23-1.30%
2000$60.43-1.31%
2001$59.35-1.78%
2002$57.84-2.55%
2003$56.37-2.54%
2004$56.17-0.37%
2005$55.75-0.74%
2006$55.71-0.07%
2007$55.50-0.38%
2008$55.45-0.08%
2009$56.000.98%
2010$55.73-0.48%
2011$56.952.18%
2012$58.893.40%
2013$59.420.91%
2014$59.470.08%
2015$58.72-1.26%
2016$58.780.11%
2017$58.58-0.34%
2018$58.600.03%
2019$57.85-1.28%
2020$55.07-4.81%
2021$56.432.47%
2022$59.275.03%
2023$60.902.75%
2024$61.450.91%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Apparel:

Year1913191419151916191719181919192019211922192319241925192619271928192919301931193219331934193519361937193819391940194119421943194419451946194719481949195019511952195319541955195619571958195919601961196219631964196519661967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI14.90015.00015.45017.35021.20029.55037.73342.80031.62526.86027.10026.76026.30025.83325.26724.96724.66724.06721.60019.20019.06720.66720.80021.03322.14021.86021.62021.81422.81526.70027.85429.80831.34634.39239.86242.50840.83140.28543.92343.45443.16943.02342.88543.74644.50044.66945.02345.70046.06246.31546.88547.28547.73849.01551.01553.73856.83159.17761.09262.35464.63869.43172.52375.23878.60881.36984.93190.93895.27797.777100.192102.038105.023105.915110.577115.377118.585124.085128.708131.877133.662133.400131.962131.700132.854133.023131.292129.577127.269124.023120.877120.431119.538119.454118.998118.907120.078119.503122.111126.265127.411127.514125.903126.045125.612125.654124.052118.079120.993127.081130.579131.768

Adjust apparel prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1955 * 1955 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Apparel was 42.885 in the year 1955 and 131.768 in 2024:

131.768 / 42.885 * $20 = $61.45

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1955 has the same "purchasing power" as $61.45 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Apparel).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Apparel in 1913. In addition to apparel, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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